The Skinny: Survived three holiday parties this week. Now I just want to hide all weekend. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and a hilarious story about some questionable methods a retailer for satellite broadcaster Dish Network is trying to use to get
Still burning. If Monday's box office results story looks familiar, there's a reason. Once again
Headed to the junk pile. All the speculation of a sale of Time Warner Cable has driven the pay-TV distributor's stock to new highs. But at the same time, the price of Time Warner Cable's 30-year bond has dropped almost 20%. There is concern about the heavy debt that would likely be used to finance a Time Warner Cable takeover and what that would do to the value of the bonds.
Willing to deal. In an interview with Bloomberg, Rob Marcus, Time Warner Cable's incoming chief executive, says he is not adamantly opposed to the idea of the company being acquired (
Rushing to a new home.
There's a movie in this. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has filed a lawsuit against Dish One, a retailer that sells rival Dish Network. The suit charges that Dish One is using shady tactics to persuade DirecTV subscribers to switch satellite services. The Dish One representatives will say they sell both services but subtly try to persuade DirecTV subscribers to switch. They even wear a DirecTV shirt as part of their act. More on the suit from the Hollywood Reporter. I'm seeing
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